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  • Kornilov Coup
    • Bolsheviks were the main beneficiaries of the Kornilov Coup. Although they were a minority in the Soviet, they took the lead in creating in the Petrograd Red Guards
      • An even more efficient paramilitary unit out of the various militia groups attached to the factories to defend the workers' interests.
        • They milked the propaganda opportunities the affair presented and poured scorn on Kerensky's government, basking in the the reputation of being the only group to stop Kornilov consistently
    • The Bolsheviks were elected in increased numbers to soviets throughout Russi. Bolshevik membership, which stood at 23,000 in February reached 200,000 in October
      • Party was producing 41 newspapers and commanded a force of 10,000 red guards. The Bolsheviks won a majority in both Petrograd and Moscow and on 26 September, Trotsky even became the chairperson of the executive committee of the Petrograd Soviet
    • On 5 October, Kerensky sent some of the more radical army units into Petrograd to prepare for front line service,
      • Done out of fear of Bolshevik uprising, however proved a political miscalculation in the flamed political atmosphere at the time.
    • Claiming Kerensky was abandoning the capital to allow it to fall to the Germans, 9 October- Soviet adopted a revolution written by Trotsky to create a "military revolutionary centre" to protect from "Kornilovites. Played on fear of right wing coup would be supported by government ministers
      • On 5 October, Kerensky sent some of the more radical army units into Petrograd to prepare for front line service,
        • Done out of fear of Bolshevik uprising, however proved a political miscalculation in the flamed political atmosphere at the time.

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